University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday he hopes a large number of returnees on defense mitigate the fact his team is one of the youngest in the nation.
UB has 42 new players this year on its 105-player training camp roster and graduated most of its offensive production from last season. However, the defense returns eight starters from last year.
"Defensively, they're understanding the scheme so much more it's allowing us to get through more in practice," Leipold said during the team's annual media day. "We're not repeating as much, which allows us to keep building and correct techniques, which hopefully allow you to have more success."
Leipold revealed some injury news: junior receiver Jacob Martinez is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury suffered in practice. Martinez entered training camp penciled in as the No. 3 receiver. Marcus McGill and Malcolm Robinson are the projected starters. Red-shirt freshman K.J. Osborn and junior college transfer Kamathi Holsey currently are seeing the most time with the second team behind the starters.
Leipold reiterated that he has made no decision on the starting quarterback battle between senior Grant Rohach and red-shirt freshman Tyree Jackson.
"I haven't put a deadline on it," Leipold said. "Hoonestly I can say Andy Kotelnicki and I haven't even had the discussion on that. I've never been one who's watited to say we'll see who runs out for the first snap. We'll name it in time. We feel confident in whoever it is, espeically after our scrimmage on Friday."